Hard not to feel attacked whenever this topic comes up. I'd honestly take the Pmod forums over Tip.It any day, and based on the little I've seen of the HLF, I'm genuinely offended that Jagex thinks they're a better source of information than we are. They don't deserve the shit you guys put them through (Even if I do, as an individual. I'm not corrupt, but I'm far from a model mod).
I liked it when we could mute rulebreakers, but Jagex would prefer to do that themselves.
Can you foresee some meaningful role for Player Moderators, other than that of status symbol? I can't.
I'd think the real problem is that Jagex can't decide what to do with the role. They started it to enforce the rules, then wouldn't let them enforce the rules. Then they wanted community leaders, but stopped doing community events after like a week. But they can't give them the powers to do any of the jobs they give them because they might abuse them, but ignore the mods that abuse their powers. Now, I get the feeling tha they can't decide if they want to get rid of them or not, so they're just ignoring them.
As usual, Jagex doesn't do half the job and half-asses the rest. I like the role (And not for the status), but Jagex seems to be going out of their way to mismanage it.
Alg, I don't know you but I do know several p mods. They are great people, including my clan leader, I have great respect for them as people. However, for the role of p mods I find that many in the community has no respect for them anymore, if they ever did. The role itself is redundant, and pretty well useless. Its been useless for years and I think Jagex realized that when they tried to push p mods towards being community leaders, but that didn't help anything.
Also, when you attack the HLF as unknowledgeable based upon what little you've seen I feel like you've misunderstood what you've seen. What you have in the HLF is a bunch of very knowledgeable trolls. Yes, you get a bunch of terrible, useless, annoying posts (usually from the same handful of names) but there are also a lot of pretty good ideas coming from the forum, it just needs to be sorted correctly. Might p mods be a decent sort of info to Jagex, maybe, but I have no first hand knowledge there.
Ultimately I feel that any role p mods could take on now is better filled by Jagex themselves, the only role they could currently have is muting those gold seller bots that randomlyy pm people, but then I hear that many p mods keep their private chats off so idk. As far as acting as a go-between for Jagex and the players I am firmly against it, Jageex needs to communicate with the players more directly instead of using go-betweens. They need to hire people to read every forum thread and pass on the good ideas, because this go-between stuff no matter which group of players it is leaves everyone bitter.
Sorry, I think I kind of put responses to the whole post in a post directed at one person but oh well. Thats my take on p mods, They're not useless people but the group designation is useless.